“…The bad news is that ND-PAE failed to be listed in the DSM 5, although it is included in the appendix as conditions needing further study (page 798). The good news is that ND-PAE is used as an example for “Other Specified Neurodevelopmental Disorder,” code 315.8 (page 86).
What does this mean? It means that children, youth, and adults that were exposed prenatally to alcohol and with neurodevelopmental deficits consistent with those that have been demonstrated in the research literature to be associated with alcohol’s toxicity now have a diagnostic code. This code triggers payment for services related to the condition as well as helps individuals access needed interventions and treatments…”